Everyone wants to be known as a great employer. For some, a challenge might be showing respect for others in your orbit, even when you’re sure they have no idea what they’re talking about.

The challenge is it’s always hard to show respect when you disagree or don’t like what’s going on. It’s just easier to tell people what to do and make sure you have no discussion about it.

Showing respect for others has become a core value for me. Let’s talk about why it’s so important for you and everyone you work with in your business.

 

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Everyone wants to be known as a great employer. For some, a challenge might be showing respect for others in your orbit, even when you're sure they have no idea what they're talking about.

You know, the challenge is it's always hard to show respect when you disagree or don't like what's going on. It's just easier to tell people what to do and make sure you have no discussion about it. Showing respect for others has become a core value for me. So let's talk about why it's so important for you and everyone you work with in your business.

So here's the problem. You're gonna turn others off and instead of cooperating with you, they'll try to sabotage your ideas. That is when you don't show respect. So I've had a bunch of challenges in my early days of running my company. In fact, I may have been one of the worst managers in the world and I learned the hard way about what respect means for others and when you don't do it, what happens.

So what happened to me was I would yell at somebody, literally every single day of the week, the first three years I was in business. And the reason I did that was that's what I thought you were supposed to do as a manager. If someone screws up, you yell at them. I mean, that's what happened to me growing up so I guess that's what you should do to other people too. Well, the truth is it was a really, really bad thing for me to do.

You know, the issue I had too often, I felt like a total failure when I lost my temper at someone. I knew then and I truly know now that if you can't show respect for those who are stakeholders for your business, either they need to leave your orbit or you need to learn to show them respect. You know, I know how challenging this is. Just go back to the story I told a little earlier. It's really hard to show respect, especially when you're in a rush and it appears that whatever you're working on is an emergency.

I've been down this road and have a few ideas that just might help.

  1. Number one, make sure you have an intention of showing respect for all the people that you work with. You know, occasionally you're going to fall off the wagon. And when you do fall off the wagon, all you need to do is admit that you've fallen off the wagon and you have an intention of getting back on the wagon and apologize to the people that you didn't show respect to. It's really not that hard to do and it doesn't even hurt.

  2. Number two, I want you to ask for help from the people on your team. You know, at the beginning, you're not gonna get much help. In fact, you're probably not gonna get any help because the people that you're working with, if you've lost your temper with them before and you say, this is an issue I have and it's something I'm really working on, I want to make sure I show you the proper amount of respect, they're not gonna believe you at first. You're going to have to draw them out and keep drawing them out and keep drawing them out until they finally tell you the truth. And you're gonna know when they tell you the truth because it's gonna be believable.

  3. And number three, realize all of this is going to take some time. You know, moving from disrespect to respect, it's a process. It's one that took me years to accomplish and truth be told, I'm not sure I'm there yet but I would love to have a conversation with you about how to go from little respect to truly respecting those you work with.

So feel free contacting me at jpatrick@stage2planning.com to set up a time to talk.

In the meantime, if you're not ready to talk, DOWNLOAD our Free Infographic on our Stage 2 Decision Process. It's a simple, five step process that will help you make wise decisions in what you might want to do. It might even show you some ways, new ways to show respect with those around you. And while you're at it, scroll down, let me know what you think about showing respect to all who work in your company.

Hey, this is Josh Patrick. You're at the sustainable business. Thanks a lot for stopping by, I hope to see you back here really soon.

Topics: good leadership, respect, great employer

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